Category Archive: Insight

India’s Muslim Quota Conundrum

India’s Muslim Quota Conundrum

The more things change for India’s Muslims, the more they remain the same. Come elections and political parties invent ever new ways of wooing, using and exploiting them to reap their periodic...
Save the System

Save the System

Since the very inception of our country, there has always been a struggle for power between civil and military governments. While every civil government tried to keep military in check, ended up...
And I am controversial …..

And I am controversial …..

For days I have been on the hunt for some ideas and motivation to write about. With the goal of an article with mass appeal, apolitical and non controversial content loaming in my mind I tried to...
Should Punjab be Divided?

Should Punjab be Divided?

Pre-partition Punjab was a triangular tract that ranged from a part of Indus Sutlej to their to form confluence on the two sides, with base being lower Himalaya hills. Today, in the modern Pakistan,...
Imparting Change through Education

Imparting Change through Education

Education is the first step towards change but unfortunately the saying is unheard of in our context.  While poverty is skyrocketing, education for the poor is only becoming a farfetched dream....
Renewable Energy for Socio-Economic Uplift

Renewable Energy for Socio-Economic Uplift

Persisting inequality, energy crisis and poor governance have weakened socio-economiuc stability and security of Pakistan, while absence of social justice and pro-poor governance have proved major...
Confined in Chains

Confined in Chains

An unannounced visit to any of Pakistan’s Government Hospital’s will explain clearly why there are thousands of quacks, spiritual healers, pirs, and so called gifted individuals playing with the...
When Parents Use the F-word

When Parents Use the F-word

When my mom decided to “poke” my dad on Facebook, it started a flurry of panic attacks almost as if the baby had just dirtied
Accessing Higher Education

Accessing Higher Education

On a recent trip to Islamabad, I had the opportunity to talk to some professors engaged in teaching profession at a few local universities. Surprised by their abject account of huge class sizes, and...
2012: From Facebook to Elections

2012: From Facebook to Elections

The Mayans had either been lazy with their calendar or they certainly prophesised the end of times, 2012 is a year that has become synonymous for doom. As we finally step into this year the global...
Volunteering

Volunteering

“I saw a very old man who was eating human waste out of hunger. I thought what the purpose of my life is, what am I going to do. In a star hotel I feed all my guests but in my home town there are...
A Nation that Never Learns from its Mistakes

A Nation that Never Learns from its Mistakes

As a visionless nation we have always brought forward the elite to rule us and augment ‘our’ miseries and multiply ‘their’ gains.
Bijli,Gas and CNG

Bijli,Gas and CNG

So finally, after electricity and water, it’s time the gas plays hide and seek with us! On a barely ignite burner we were able...
Beating the Devil out?

Beating the Devil out?

Most violent nations where crime and assault rate is high; have high rate of corporal punishment...
Don’t Push Me to Pay Tax!

Don’t Push Me to Pay Tax!

In case of Pakistan, most of our funds are inappropriately used and the trickle down impact is feeble ! It is so disturbing to read ...
The Deconstruction of Jinnah’s Vision

The Deconstruction of Jinnah’s Vision

“O you who have attained to faith!... Most loathsome is it in the sight of God that you say what you do not do!”
Our Selective Sense of Honour

Our Selective Sense of Honour

Hardly a few days ago, 24 of our jawans were killed by the NATO attack at Salala. After the attack our entire country went into frenzy and there was condemnation and outrage pouring in from every...
Of Unity, Faith and Discipline

Of Unity, Faith and Discipline

One evening, the perpetual sad news on the television of sectarian killings, petty politics, poverty and floods overwhelmed me and made me feel a little nauseated.   To get fresh air, I walked...
Madrassa of Mufti Daud

Madrassa of Mufti Daud

It is also the duty of the Judiciary that people like Mufti Daud should be brought to justice and be made into an example ...
Media- Moral or Immoral

Media- Moral or Immoral

A tall, sturdy man was standing with a girl in a corridor. The distance between them was negligible. He was holding her neck...
Husband’s Qorma in a Patriarchal Society

Husband’s Qorma in a Patriarchal Society

A woman named Zainab, took the law into her own hands, knowing fully well the society she relies ...
A Teenage Dream- Board Office on Fire

A Teenage Dream- Board Office on Fire

Do blame the board officials, but don’t put the entire blame of the episode on them alone.